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Project Docket

Docket No 16-327
Project name Minnkota Power Cooperation MPL-Laporte 115 kV HVTL Project
Applicant Minnkota Power Cooperative
Description Minnkota Power Cooperative proposes to build an approximately 9.4-mile 115 kilovolt high voltage transmission line and a new 115/4.16 kV distribution substation. This project, referred to as the MPL-Laporte 115 kV Transmission Line Project, will serve an industrial load for a new pumping station to be constructed and operated by Minnesota Pipeline Company, LLC
Subjects Environmental policy; Electric power transmission
Location Clearwater County; Hubbard County
Docket created: April 25, 2016
Contacts: Bill Storm, 651-539-1844, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
eDockets 16-327
Mailing list Contact the Public Utilies Commission at docketing.puc@state.mn.us or 651-201-2204 or 1-800-657-3782 to sign up.
Project Summary

Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. is applying for a high voltage transmission line (HVTL) Route Permit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes (Minn. Stat.) §216E and Minnesota Rules (Minn. R.), chapter 7850.  A Route Permit is requested to build an approximately 9.4-mile 115 kilovolt HVTL and a new 115/4.16 kV distribution substation. This project, referred to as the MPL-Laporte 115 kV Transmission Line Project, will serve an industrial load for a new pumping station to be constructed and operated by Minnesota Pipeline Company, LLC.

The proposed 9.4-mile 115 kV HVTL route and Substation site are located in Itasca Township in Clearwater County and Lake Hattie and Lake Alice Townships Hubbard County. The route originates in Section 12 of Township 144N, Range 36W in Itasca Township.

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
01/20/17 Environmental Assessment - Minnkota Power Cooperative MPL-Laporte 115 kV HVTL Project
The Environmental Assessment is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the transmission line project (and selected alternative routes) and methods to mitigate such impacts. Applications for high voltage transmission line route permits under the alternative permitting process require a public hearing upon completion of the EA pursuant to Minn. R. 7850.3800. A portion of the hearing must be held in a county where the proposed project would be located
10/28/16 Scoping Decision - Minnkota Power's MPL-Laporte HVTL Project | document details
The above matter has come before the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Assessment to be prepared for the MPL-Laporte 115 kilovolt Transmission Project proposed by Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. in Itasca township in Clearwater County and Lake Hattie and Lake Alice townships in Hubbard County
06/08/16 Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit for the Minnkota Power Cooperative's MPL-Laporte 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Minnkota Power Cooperative submits this application for a Route Permit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 216E and Minnesota Rules, chapter 7850. A Route Permit is requested to build an approximately 9.4-mile 115 kV HVTL and a new 115/4.16 kV distribution substation
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/23/17 Public Notice - Public Hearing, Minnkota Power Cooperative MPL-Laporte 115 kV HVTL | document details
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on the route permit application by Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. for its proposed 115 KV transmission line project in Clearwater and Hubbard Counties, Minnesota. A public comment period is open through March 3, 2017
01/20/17 Public Notice - EA Availability | document details
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis announces the release of the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Minnkota Power Cooperative 115 kV MPL-Laporte HVTL project
01/20/17 Environmental Assessment - Minnkota Power Cooperative MPL-Laporte 115 kV HVTL Project
The Environmental Assessment is a written document that describes the human and environmental impacts of the transmission line project (and selected alternative routes) and methods to mitigate such impacts. Applications for high voltage transmission line route permits under the alternative permitting process require a public hearing upon completion of the EA pursuant to Minn. R. 7850.3800. A portion of the hearing must be held in a county where the proposed project would be located
10/28/16 Scoping Decision - Minnkota Power's MPL-Laporte HVTL Project | document details
The above matter has come before the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Commerce for a decision on the scope of the Environmental Assessment to be prepared for the MPL-Laporte 115 kilovolt Transmission Project proposed by Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. in Itasca township in Clearwater County and Lake Hattie and Lake Alice townships in Hubbard County
09/29/16 EERA Comments and Recommendations - EA Scoping Process Minnkota Power MPL-Laporte HVTL Project | document details
Summary of the scoping process for the Environmental Assessment including a summary of comments and potential alternatives
09/13/16 Public Scoping Comments - Minnkota MLP-Laporte 115 kV HVTL Project
Commission staff and EERA staff jointly held a public information and scoping meeting at the public library in Park Rapids on August 30, 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information to the public about the proposed Project, to answer questions, and to allow the public an opportunity to suggest alternatives and impacts (scope) to be considered for inclusion in the environmental review document
08/17/16 Public Notice: Public Information EA Scoping Meeting, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 pm at the Park Rapids Library | document details
Minnkota Power Cooperative proposes to build an approximately 9.4-mile 115 kilovolt high voltage transmission line and a new 115/4.16 kV distribution substation. This project, referred to as the MPL-Laporte 115 kV Transmission Line Project, will serve an industrial load for a new pumping station to be constructed and operated by Minnesota Pipeline Company, LLC
08/17/16 Draft Scoping Document - Minnkota Power MPL-Laporte HVTL Project | document details
This Draft Scoping Document is intended to advise the public of the scoping process and the process for the preparation of the Environmental Review document. The Scoping Decision will identify for the public the issues and alternatives that the Department of Commerce has determined are appropriate for inclusion in the environmental review document
06/08/16 Application to the PUC for a HVTL Route Permit for the Minnkota Power Cooperative's MPL-Laporte 115 kV Transmission Line Project
Minnkota Power Cooperative submits this application for a Route Permit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 216E and Minnesota Rules, chapter 7850. A Route Permit is requested to build an approximately 9.4-mile 115 kV HVTL and a new 115/4.16 kV distribution substation
04/15/16 Intent to filie HVTL Route Permit Application under the alternative permitting process | document details
Minnkota Power notification of intent to file an application for the MPL-Laporte 115 kV Project in Clearwater and Hubbard Counties under the alternative permitting process

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